Eric Street Garden wins ‘Victoria in Bloom’ award

The Eric Street Garden Project, Coburg won ”Best Common Area Garden” on Tuesday the 21st April. The project was managed by Melbourne City Mission, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services/ Department of Housing, and Darebin Council, from 2013 to 2015. Eric St Garden coordinator Martin O’Callaghan (Urban Food Program Leader at DIVRS), Sue Silk (Project Manager, Melbourne … Read More

Urban Food Production Strategy Implementation Plan Update

Community members involved in sustainable and urban food production in and around Darebin participated in the Sustainable Food Leaders forum on 26th November 2014 to provide input to the Draft Urban Food Production Strategy Implementation Plan. With participants coming from diverse backagrounds and experiences, this generated some great discussion and valuable feedback. The feedback has been incorporated into a finalised draft … Read More

Community feedback included in Darebin’s Urban Food Production Strategy

Darebin’s Sustainable Food Leaders provided input on Darebin’s Urban Food Production Strategy during the scoping and objective setting phase last December. They also participated in focus group discussions at the Sustainable Food Leaders Forum on June 17th which provided valuable feedback on the proposed Vision and Key Action Areas of the Draft Strategy. A finalised Strategy which incorporates this feedback, … Read More

Call-out for your Recipes from the Garage!

Do you cook in the garage? Are your garage recipes handed down from previous generations from other lands? Do you live in Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs? Are you a migrant who has settled in Australia? If so Helen Sartina is interested in documenting stories of unwritten traditional recipes and their origins, the inventive cooking methods and the ‘mamas and papas’ who … Read More

The community helps with Darebin’s new Urban Food Production Strategy

At the Sustainable Food Leaders forum on December 3rd 2013, Darebin Council Sustainable Food Officer Lee Tozzi presented some of the background and drivers behind Council’s commitment to developing an Urban Food Production Strategy. Although a relatively new area, food production and supply is firmly on Council’s sustainability agenda. The community has clearly identified growing food as a priority area, and the … Read More

Sustainable Food Leaders Forum 3rd Dec 2013

We had 22 passionate community members join us for a great evening of discussion and networking at the second Sustainable Food Leaders Forum for 2013 at Council offices on Tuesday 3rd December. The forum provided feedback and sought community input to some important sustainable food and food security initiatives at Darebin Council: Naturestrip Planting Guidelines Alison Breach, Coordinator Public Realm … Read More

Innovative Cafes in Darebin Use Local Homegrown Produce

Article by Sarina Lewis and reprinted from the Age Epicure June 1st 2013 Anna Jacobson, of The Red Cat Food Store, sources home-grown produce for the cafe’s fare.   Take a closer look next time you pass by the window of your friendly neighbourhood cafe: the traditional hand-written ”help wanted” sign may have been replaced with an altogether different form … Read More

March Sustainable Food Leaders Forum Update

The Sustainable Food Leaders Forum was held on March 20th, 2013 in the Preston City Hall. The forum was attended by 26 passionate community members involved and / or interested in a fairer, more equitable and environmentally sustainable food future. The forum sought community input to some important planning activities at Darebin Council: 2013 – 2017 Community Health and Wellbeing Plan Council … Read More